Today, we have the interview with Cari Waites (Lisa Henry). Cari will answer all the questions you wanted to ask! ^_^
1. What made you choose the god you did?
I’ll be the first one to admit I wasn’t very familiar with the lesser-known Egyptian gods, so when the call came out with a list to choose from, I turned to Google. It turns out there are actually two gods called Hapi, but as soon as I found the son of Horus, I knew he was perfect for a dark story. Mostly because of the implied threat of human sacrifice, and each of Horus’s sons claiming a part of a body, but especially because Hapi takes the lungs. Now if you’re writing an incredibly dark modernised story of a god like that, of course there’s going to be breath play! It was the breath play that sealed the deal for me.
2. What do you know about that god?
I knew nothing about Hapi before googling a whole bunch of Egyptian gods. I mean, I’d heard the name, and probably could have guessed he was a son of Horus, but as for what he did, I was clueless. And Hapi is still kind of a blank slate, unlike some of the other gods with their incredibly complicated back stories. So that gave me the opportunity to put in little nods to Hapi—like him steering a boat, and being on the north side of the river, and being associated with drowning—without getting too tangled up trying to make his entire backstory fit in a modern world.
3. Which other god (if any) did you consider and why?
I have to admit, I first wanted Thoth (I think it was Thoth!) but he was already claimed. I think I probably wanted him because I’d heard of him, lol! But in the end I’m glad I got Hapi, because I had so much fun coming up with this crazy story of a bunch of serial killers living in the bush, thinking they were Egyptian gods.
4. Since this series goes to the dark side of MM, what attracts you about this genre?
I’ve always been interested in what makes characters tick, and what happens when you put characters into terrible situations. I mean, I love regular romance dearly, but sometimes I have to follow that little voice inside my head that says, “Okay, but what it this turned really bad?” I like to play on the dark side with my characters every now and then. Just like sometimes I like to watch horror movies, sometimes I like to put my own characters through hell, just to see what they’re really made of. I think it’s cathartic, in a way, to read or write some really dark stuff, and then, when it’s over, take a breath and relax.
5. What made you want to get involved in this series?
I thought it was a really fun concept, with some authors I love already attached to the project. I was delighted to be asked to join!
6. How did you decide if it will be a HEA or not?
Hapi has an ambiguous ending. I decided that from the moment I decided to write it. The ending is very much up to the interpretation of the reader. Is the MC Jayden happy? Yes. Is it mostly Stockholm syndrome because Hapi has totally broken him? Well…that’s up for the reader to decide!
7. Are you done with the story? Or will it have a continuation?
I like where I’ve left this one. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and that’s how I wanted to leave it, so I don’t think there will be a continuation.
8. Would you like to write about any other gods? If so, who, and why?
Oooh! I’d love to write about the Roman or Norse gods too at some point.
9. What’s a secret that you can share about your story?
Jayden, the MC, can’t decide if Hapi is crazy or not. Neither will the reader!
Also, it’s amazing how well a story about Egyptian gods fit into tropical North Queensland, Australia. I mean, we already have the crocodiles and the ibises and the flooding rivers. It turned out to be a perfect fit.